Linking Shakespeare’s Ides of March and Japan’s Tengu Mythology: You Won’t Believe What We Discovered!
Uncovering the Mysteries of the Ides of March and Tengu no Kakuremino: Insights into Tragedy, Mythology, and Human Nature.
The Mascots that Made Us: From Tony the Tiger, to Pikachu.
As a media studies scholar and cereal addict, I find popular culture mascots such as Tony the Tiger and the King Vitamin (my all time fav, second only to Count Chocula) to be fascinating examples of how branding and marketing are used to create narratives that capture the attention and loyalty of audiences.
The Five Commandments of Storytelling
1. Inciting Incident The inciting incident destabilizes the protagonist by upsetting the balance of their life for good or for ill. Every inciting incident is either causal (the result of an active choice by an AVATAR) or coincidental (something unexpected or random or accidental). In response, the protagonist forms a goal, which they begin to pursue. Read…
Speaking of Power Plays! Michael Foucault and the Politics of Gaming
These video games provide rich examples of the ways in which power and knowledge operate within different fictional worlds, and offer insight into how these forces shape the beliefs, behaviors, and relationships of the characters and players within them